4 December 2000
MLC to hike beef and sheep levy

By FWi staff

THE Meat and Livestock Commission is to increase the levy paid by beef and sheep producers, to promote meat and develop industry strategy.

An MLC spokesman refused to give details of the increase ahead of a formal announcement due to be made at a meeting in London on Tuesday (05 December).

But it appears that pig producer levies will remain unchanged following the recommendation of the British Pig Executive, which represents the pig industry.

The increase for beef and sheep producers confirms predictions that the farming crisis has resulted in fewer animals being reared for meat.

Last February, the MLC said reduced slaughterings were expected to result in its levy income falling from 38 million in 1998/99 to 35m in 2000/01.

The commission made 18 people redundant because of the continuing crisis in the livestock industry, saying the jobs losses were part of a “fundamental review”.